What they did
Researchers designed a 29-item quality-of-life questionnaire (DIAQoL-pet) based on surveys of clinicians and owners of dogs with diabetes mellitus. A total of 101 owners completed the questionnaire, and each item was assigned an item-weighted-impact-score (IWIS).
What they found
The factors that dog owners perceived as having the greatest impact on quality of life (those with the highest IWIS) were:
This tool may be helpful in identifying factors that owners feel have a negative impact on their diabetic pets' quality of life. This, in turn, allows clinicians an opportunity to not only tailor individual treatment plans but also improve client education and communication.
Niessen SJM, Powney S, Guitian J, et al. Evaluation of a quality-of-life tool for dogs with diabetes mellitus. J Vet Intern Med 2012;26(4):953-961.